Spurgeon on godly sorrow

Spurgeon’s sermon on 2 Cor. 7:10 is well worth the read. Here’s a small excerpt:

I. First, then, I want to try to REMOVE CERTAIN ERRONEOUS IDEAS WITH REGARD TO SORROW FOR SIN. Continue reading

Thoughts on Isaiah 61:1-4

This morning I read Isaiah 61, which contains the famous verses (1-2a) which Christ quotes in Luke 4:18-19. I’ve seen both passages (well, the one passage) quoted quite a bit recently, but I haven’t looked at the larger context in some time, so it was great to do that this morning: Continue reading

Thoughts on Ex 23:4-5 – Grace in the Old Testament

I came across the following verses this morning as I was doing my RttBiaY reading:

Ex 23:4(D) “If you meet your enemy’s ox or his donkey going astray, you shall bring it back to him.
5 If you see the donkey of one who hates you lying down under its burden, you shall refrain from leaving him with it; you shall rescue it with him.

This struck me as very interesting – an example of extending grace towards one’s enemy in the middle of the Law! The law is not all “an eye for an eye”, etc. The OT does foretell the grace of the cross, obviously – and there’s a lot of mercy and grace extended to the people of Israel by God. Furthermore, even in the OT, God sought “circumcision of the heart”, and obedience over sacrifice, etc. But I don’t recall seeing the law address grace formally. It may well be that there are other examples which I’m either forgetting or haven’t ever come across – we’ll see!

Of course, the OT economy didn’t provide, generally speaking, for the infusion of the Holy Spirit into one’s life – and even those instances where the Spirit of God was upon someone, those instances were short-lived. All this to say that it was more difficult to extend grace in the OT economy… not that it is always easy to do so now. My sinful heart often gets in the way of that!

A couple of OFI quotes

I’m a bit behind in both reading and posting about some great quotes from OFI….

Here’s a recent one:

“What matters supremely is not, in the last analysis, the fact that I know God, but the larger fact which underlies it–the fact that he knows me. I am graven on the palms of his hands. I am never out of his mind.

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Exodus 4:24-26 – a difficult passage

I was doing my “read through the Bible in a year” reading in the Dr’s office earlier today (turns out I have bronchitis and not the flu). I ended up reading two days’ worth of chapters, which included God calling Moses going to great lengths to persuade Moses that He would enable him to do the job He was calling him to do (chapters 3 and 4). Immediately after the narrative finally has Moses starting off in the direction of Egypt, we encounter these verses:

Ex 4:24 At a lodging place on the way(Y) the LORD met him and(Z) sought to put him to death. 25 Then(AA) Zipporah took a(AB) flint and cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’[c] feet with it and said, “Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me!” 26 So he let him alone. It was then that she said, “A bridegroom of blood,” because of the circumcision. (ESV)

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An About the blogger comment placeholder

Many times, people end up posting comments on the About page of a blog because they have a question for the author, but there’s no recent post which directly covers the topic they want to ask about or comment on. In an attempt to provide a solution to that problem, I’ve created this post. Please post any comments or questions which fall into the category I described here. If the question or comment warrants a new post, I’ll create one and the thread can continue there… Thanks!

More tips on scripture memory!

My About page has developed a thread on Scripture memory techniques which I’d like to move off of that page and into the main blog – but rather than manually moving the existing portion of the discussion from the About page, I’ll just point to it from here (and to here from there), and any future discussion can continue here.

Here’s a summary of the discussion so far: reader Viola, who discovered my blog because of a comment I wrote over on Neal Whitman’s blog, Literal-Minded, read my post on my new Scripture memory technique, and said ‘hello’ over on my About page. We got into a discussion about some of the things which were being discussed over in the thread on Neal’s blog (music therapy, autism, Oliver Sacks, etc.), as well as Scripture memory. Viola’s latest comment covers a number of useful tips that she compiled as a result of years of Bible Quiz competition when she was growing up. The rest of this post is a response to her latest comment. Continue reading